Mauro Moscucci, M.D., Receives AHA’s Cor Vitae Heart Award

The American Heart Association presented its prestigious Cor Vitae Heart Award to the Miller School’s Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., professor and interim Chair of Medicine and Chief of the Cardiovascular Division, at the 2013 Miami Heart & Stroke Ball, held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday evening.

Moscucci, an interventional cardiologist who has focused on outcome assessment and quality improvement throughout his career, joined the Miller School in September 2008 from the University of Michigan, where he served as Director of Interventional Cardiology Services, among other roles.

He described receiving the Cor Vitae Award as a “humbling experience,” pointing out that cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer in the U.S. despite major advances in the field. “Beyond providing outstanding care to our patients, our mission as cardiovascular specialists is to find new cures, to prevent cardiovascular disease and to educate the public and the next generation of cardiovascular specialists,” Moscucci said. “The American Heart Association has been instrumental in promoting and supporting such missions.”

During his tenure at the University of Michigan, Moscucci worked in collaboration with colleagues, hospitals, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to create a statewide Cardiovascular Consortium. The consortium developed a comprehensive statewide database of Percutaneous Coronary Interventions for use in risk assessment, feedback on absolute and risk-adjusted outcomes, sharing of information and improving patients’ care. Since its inception, the consortium has become a valuable benchmark for collaborative healthcare improvement efforts.

That collaborative spirit toward fighting cardiovascular disease has infused much of Moscucci’s work and is something he shares with the American Heart Association. “I view the Cor Vitae Award as a symbol of this collaboration, and it is my honor to be recognized by the American Heart Association in this way.”

“Mauro’s research is geared toward improving patient outcomes,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of the University of Miami Health System. “That is what makes him such a valuable asset to the University, the community, and the world. He is always advancing research in a way that directly benefits our patients. He embodies the spirit of the Cor Vitae and we are fortunate to have him.”

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